2nd Workshop on Bitcoin Research

In association with Financial Crypto 2015
January 30, 2015
InterContinental San Juan Hotel
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico

Call for Papers

The recent success of Bitcoin, a decentralized cryptographic currency, has raised new research questions on the opportunities and risks of virtual currencies. A handful of research papers have appeared in multiple disciplines, spanning a range of outlets, including top security conferences, legal journals, and reports of international financial organizations. This workshop aims to bring together interested scholars who study virtual currencies, Bitcoin in particular, and their supporting ecosystems from a technical or socio-economic perspective. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) empirical and theoretical studies of:

  • Bitcoin protocol and extensions (cryptography, scripting language etc.)
  • Adoption and transition dynamics
  • Threat models and attacks
  • Anonymity and privacy
  • Metrics and measurements
  • Proof-of-work, -stake, -burn, and alternative defenses against Sybil attacks
  • Bitcoin peer-to-peer network
  • Transaction graph analysis
  • User studies
  • Economic and monetary aspects
  • Business models for intermediaries
  • Relation to other payment systems
  • Financial markets
  • Regulation and law enforcement
  • Fraud detection and financial crime prevention
  • Forensics and monitoring
  • Legal, ethical and societal aspects of (decentralized) virtual currencies
  • Case studies (e.g., of adoption, attacks, forks, scams, …)
  • Bitcoin derivatives
  • New applications

Important Dates

Paper Submission DeadlineOctober 26, 2014
Author NotificationNovember 23, 2014
Early registration deadlineDecember 12, 2014
Final PapersDecember 31, 2014
WorkshopJanuary 30, 2015


The workshop solicits submissions of manuscripts that represent significant and novel research contributions. Submissions must not substantially overlap with works that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Submissions should follow the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science format and should be no more than 15 pages including references and well-marked appendices. Accepted papers will appear in the proceedings published by Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Authors who seek to submit their works to journals may opt-out by publishing an extended abstract only.

Shorter papers are also welcome.

All submissions will be reviewed double-blind, and as such, must be anonymous, with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgements, or obvious references.

Click here to submit a paper.

Program Chairs

Nicolas ChristinCarnegie Mellon University, USA
Emin Gün SirerCornell University, USA

Program Committee

Gavin Andresen Bitcoin Foundation, USA
Elli Androulaki IBM Zürich, Switzerland,
Rainer Böhme University of Münster, Germany
Joseph Bonneau Princeton University, USA
Srdjan Capkun ETH Zürich, Germany
Jeremy Clark Concordia University, Canada
Stefan Dziembowski University of Warsaw, Poland
Benjamin Edelman Harvard University, USA
Ittay Eyal Cornell University, USA
Christina Garman Johns Hopkins University, USA
Matt Green Johns Hopkins University, USA
Joshua Kroll Princeton University, USA
Sarah Meiklejohn University College London, UK
Tyler Moore Southern Methodist University, USA
Andrew Miller University of Maryland, USA
Roger Wattenhofer ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Nicholas Weaver ICSI, USA
Aviv Zohar Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel